• Leslie Hawthorn

    Will the Real Technical People Please Stand Up?

    About Leslie Hawthorn

    An internationally known community manager, speaker and author, Leslie Hawthorn has spent the past decade creating, cultivating and enabling open source communities. She created the world’s first initiative to involve pre-university students in open source software development, launched Google’s #2 Developer Blog, received an O’Reilly Open Source Award in 2010 and gave a few great talks on many things open source. In August 2013, she joined Elasticsearch as Director of Developer Relations, where she leads community outreach.

    This talk

    How often have you heard – or said – the phrase “$PERSON just isn’t technical”?
    If you’re our speaker, you’ve heard it plenty of times over the past 15 years, and frequently applied it to yourself and other colleagues who didn’t quite fit into well understood “technologist” categories.
    But what does technical actually mean? What makes someone technical? What makes them not technical?
    In this talk, the speaker will explore how “not technical” is a dangerous phrase we use to ensure that we need never question our hidden biases about others and their aptitudes. She will demonstrate how this phrase not only encourages a lack of collaboration, but leads to stagnation in the growth of your orgnization by actively discouraging your peers from learning new skills.
    She will conclude with concrete steps attendees can take to better understand the capabilities of everyone on their team – coders or not – so their projects, company or teams can be most successful.